17:17 May. 21, 2016
Russia Olympic Team may be banned from participating in Olympics 2016
The scandal surrounding Russian sports continues to grow, despite Moscow's attempts to accept responsibility and contain the fallout.
As evidence mounts that its troubles stem from a clandestine, state-sponsored doping scheme, the country's vaunted sports program now stands to lose big - including a possible team ban from the Rio Olympic Games.
The Kremlin is watching nervously as the World Anti-Doping Authority (WADA) probes allegations that Russia interfered with the work of its doping laboratory during the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach has said the claims - made by a former head of Russia's anti-doping laboratory who has turned whistle-blower and is now in hiding in the United States - are "very detailed and therefore very worrying."
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Bach said in reported comments on May 18 that should the WADA probe "prove the allegations true, it would represent a shocking new dimension in doping with an, until now, unprecedented level of criminality."